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May 3, 2011

May 3, 2011

Wing Shya: ‘I see beauty in everything’ (CNNGo)

Celebrated Hong Kong photographer Wing Shya tells us about the most beautiful people he has ever photographed and why it is all in the eyes

Interview: ‘Buddha Mountain’

Controversial Chinese director Li Yu talks to Wang Ge about Buddha Mountain, her tough childhood, and the demons she has tamed.

CRI: Directors Jiang and De Niro Meet in New York

CRI: Shu Qi and Liu Ye:Loving Birds in New Film

Romance film “A Beautiful Life” released new photos featured Shu Qi and Liu Ye. (Sina)

CF: ”Detective Dee” Makes a Record in France

Photos of Liao Fan and Andy Lau on the set of The Founding of a Party

Liao Fan

Liao Fan, Andy Lau

(Sina-gallery)

Wilson Yip, Liu Yifei (May 2)

Liu Yifei and Wilson Yip visited Soochow University in Taipei to promote A Chinese Ghost Story (Xinhua)

Li Bingbing promoted the launch of the official website for Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. Li Bingbing will have many lines of dialogue in English in the film though she admitted her proficiency was not that high. She also stressed that the film did not involve homosexuality as reported in the press. When asked, Li Bingbing said that she didn’t know the background as to why Zhang Ziyi was dropped by producer Wendi Deng. The film will be released on July 15 after debuting at Cannes.

(Sina-gallery)

Actor Tong Dawei recently blogged that Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes may be getting another new English title, to “Rescue”, under advice from Hollywood experts. (Sina)

Oxide Pang’s interaction and discussion with fans on his weibo is helping to generate good word of mouth for The Detective 2 since opening on April 29. (Sina)

Gu Changwei’s Till Death Do Us Part opens May 10.

Zhang Ziyi

(Sina)

THR/AP: 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy’ takes $6.7 Million Globally

Sex and Zen is to be released in South Korea on May 12 and in France, India and Italy in June.

Sukie Shek Wing-Lei (of Freeze) sings “Bliss”, the theme song for 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.

Andrew Lin became a father over the weekend. His wife delivered baby Zachary in Los Angeles. Andrew flew in from Beijing where he has been working on the special effects for Man With the Iron Fist and Qian Xuesen.

(Sina-slideshow)(AnD)

Edison Chen performing at the Chengdu Music Festival last night.

(Sina-slideshow)

A1: Nicholas Tse gives KL fans the slip

Nicholas Tse has arrived ahead of schedule to film the eagerly-awaited Against War movie.Zhang Ziyi: No hurry to marry

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng to wed in France?

Rumour has it that Andy Hui & Sammi Cheng will be getting hitched this OctoberMSN: Richard Chang labeled insincere and guilt ridden

MSN: Jay Chou laments about agingJay Chou getting too old for showbiz? (CNA)

Jay laments that he’s “getting older and unable to dance due to shortness of breath, which is why all the fast songs are arranged at the end of the concert.”

CNA: Remus Choi of Cantopop band Grasshopper arrested for drunk driving

CNA: Show Luo: Jolin Tsai has bad ‘table manners’

Show Luo revealed that fellow Taiwan singer Jolin Tsai has bad manners at the Mahjong table, during an appearance on a Chinese variety show on Thursday

March 4, 2011

March 4, 2011

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CRI: China through the Lense: National Film Museum

FBA: Korean major takes self distribution route in US

The film [Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow ] is released in the US through deals with two exhibitors: CGV America, operates a multiplex in Los Angeles’s Koreatown and a subsidiary of Korea’s CJ-CGV; and US giant AMC from next week in other cities including San Francisco, Atlanta, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Hawaii and Vancouver.

CRI: Sun Honglei Concerned about Image in ‘Warring States’

GlobalTimes: Mountain’s peak (Buddha Mountain)

Having triumphed in last year’s Tokyo International Film Festival, winning Best Artistic Contribution and Best Actress for star Fan Bingbing, Li Yu’s youth film Buddha Mountain begins showing nationwide Friday.

The female Li is known for previous artistic works including Fish and Elephant (2001), known as China’s first lesbian film, and won awards in the Berlin and Venice film festivals. Her Dam Street (2005) also received international acclaim as did Lost in Beijing (2006), the graphic sexual content of which led to a long and unsuccessful battle with domestic censors. Indeed, none of Li’s films have enjoyed a cinematic release in her own country.

But her fourth feature film, Buddha Mountain lacks sexual, violent or political content and is, in fact, a relatively mild story. “It [the banning of Lost in Beijing] got on my nerves and I couldn’t sleep at nights. I was too stubborn at that time. I have now formed a better relationship with the censorship people, and found a win-win solution: a good film for me that also caused no problem for them,” Li told the Global Times.

Together poster features Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong) and Li Feier

Opening March 8. (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Isabella Leong, Selina Jen…

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng are back together

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung show affection in public

MSN: Barbie Hsu’s wedding details revealed

CNA: Lin Chiling says ‘no’ to public romances

MSN: Netizen accuses Ella Chen’s boyfriend of being a playboy

Bob Dylan is coming to BeijingCNA: Bob Dylan to perform in China

November 5, 2010

November 5, 2010

Bruce Lee My Brother posters

(Sina)

THR: Hong Kong Production Funding Emerging from Unlikely Places

For instance, the local charitable organization, the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, has pooled its resources to create Merry-go-round, a drama co-directed by indie helmer Mak Yan-yan and Clement Cheng, in celebration of the organization’s 140th anniversary. All the more surprising is the venture into the film industry by the Hong Kong restaurant chain, Tsui Wah Group, which in collaboration with the production company T-Films, is producing two stereoscopic 3D animation features and a live action film [Little Gobi, Flying Hero, Beach Spike]

THR: Hong Kong Filmmakers Eye China’s Larger Audiences

The performance of local productions has indicated the start of a resurgence in Hong Kong cinema amid the larger and irrevocable trend of China-Hong Kong co-productions.

The government-subsidized Hong Kong Film Development Fund has been a reliable backer for local filmmakers interested in alternative storytelling

Directed by Canadian/Chinese filmmaker Fan, “Home” - which tells the story of a migrant family traveling across China looking for work - was nominated Outstanding Feature, Direction, Production, Cinematography, Editing, International Feature and Audience Choice. Fan himself is nominated in six of those categories, making him the most nominated individual in the history of Cinema Eye.

CRI: Golden Horse Film Festival Opens with ‘Juliets’(Xinhua-gallery)

Certain content, such as the over-glorification of killing, bloodshed, ghost and spirits, are discouraged and may be edited or deleted.

Painted Skin, the 2008 blockbuster was adapted from the Liaozhai compendium of supernatural tales, and it was more romance than ghost story.

Even so, the regulators made the director delete a gory scene in which the spirit was eating a human heart.

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk) in Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice (Sina)

Jacob Cheung’s Rest on Your Shoulder is being marketed at the AFM in Los Angeles.

Chen Kun costars with Gigi Leung, Guei Lun-Mei and Jiang Yiyan (Sina)

Director Li Yu, Fan Bingbing

Director Li Yu

Cinematographer Zeng Jian, Li Yu, Fan Bingbing, producer Fang Li

The crew of Buddha Mountain celebrated their awards from the Tokyo Film Festival in Beijing. Fan Bingbing flew back from South Korea to participate. She was awarded Best Actress and Li Yu won the prize for Best Artistic Contribution. Fang Li revealed that Fan Bingbing worked on both Buddha Mountain and Lost in Beijing (Best Supporting Actress, Golden Horse and Best Actress, 4th Eurasia Film Festival) for no fee. Fan also donated the $5000 prize money to the cost of the celebration. In addition, Fan Bingbing presented Li Yu with a Mercedes Smart car to show her gratitude for helping her career.

Fan Bingbing’s many passionate kisses with Li Yu raised quite a few eyebrows.

(Sina-gallery)(Sina-slide show), (Xinhua)(Sohu)

Yao Chen, Alexi Tan, Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok), Zhu Hong

Shanghai publicity stop for Color Me Love

Zhu Hong

Mo Xiaoqi, Yao Chen, Zhu Hong

Yao Chen

Mo Xiaoqi (Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Rumors are circulating that Cecilia Cheung is pregnant again. This would explain her turning down working with Derek Yee who required Ceci not to get pregnant during the shooting of the film.

(Sina)(Xinhua)

Under the Hawthorn Tree’s Zhou Dongyu recently attended a fashion show

(Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: China’s Huangmei Opera Star Wows US Audience

Man boarded flight as senior, exited as 20-year-old

Death of another Foxconn worker

A worker has died in an apparent suicide at a factory in Shenzhen run by Taiwan’s Foxconn, which makes goods for Apple, Sony and Nokia. Xinhua news agency says the worker died after falling from a building at Foxconn’s massive plant, which employs an estimated 400,000 people. There have been 10 earlier suicides there this year. Labour activists blame them on harsh working conditions.

September 11, 2009

September 11, 2009

Huang Bo strikes a pose for Cow

Huang Bo, Director Hu Guan

(Xinhuanet.com)

Fan Bingbing has travelled to Chengdu to prepare shooting a new film, Guanyin Mountain. The movie will costar Sylvia Chang and the film’s director, Li Yu (Lost in Beijing). Sylvia Chang has been learning Beijing Opera for her role. Fan is red hot in demand this year, currently shooting Sunshine in Chongqing with Wang Shuoshui and Guo Degang’s Three Smiles (Flirting Scholar) and will soon be promoting Wheat. (Sina.com)

Posters for Huang Jia Ci Qing (Royal Tattoo)

The film is a costume kung fu comedy with a mix of a Chinese version of Prison Break. It’s a humorous reinterpretation of a classic plot about a Qing Dynasty royal secret treasure and tattoo treasure map. (Sina.com) (Sina.com)

Taipei Times review: Somewhere I Have Never Travelled

Small town, big ambitions

Where do you go when you live at the edge of the world?

Hollywood Reporter: “Chaw” ready to tear up U.K.

Hollywood Reporter: Founding’ to open with record prints

Farewell, Dai Sor

Taipei Times: Short Takes

April Bride

In Japan, if you make a movie about a gorgeous bride with terminal breast cancer and cast the hottest young actors, you can make a lot of money. Whether or not it will encourage female viewers to have their breasts checked regularly is another matter. Nana Eikura is the unfortunate woman, whose diagnosis and a mastectomy send her fleeing from her perfect boyfriend (played by Eita), who manages to track her down in time to propose. Based on a true story.

Love Twisted

Late last year we previewed Man, Woman and the Wall (2006), a Japanese erotic thriller steeped in voyeurism. Love Twisted was made in Japan two years earlier, but shares the theme, as well as crossover porn star Sora Aoi in one of her first non-porn roles. Imagine Fatal Attraction with more nudity and set in a really depressing housing complex. Starts tomorrow.

Into the Faraway Sky

Taiwanese actor Chang Chen (張震) has a supporting role in this 2007 film set in Hokkaido about offbeat villagers standing in the way of an airport project and the government man sent to fix the problem. The Taiwanese distributor, ahead of a DVD rollout, has changed the Chinese title to link it to the otherwise unconnected Taiwanese production Orz Boyz! (冏男孩). Starts tomorrow.

Hollywood Reporter: Strand catches ‘Spring Fever’

The film, about a wife who discovers her husband is having an affair with another man, took the best screenplay award at the Festival de Cannes.

Hollywood Reporter: Hong Kong inaugurates Chinese film fest

Initiative designed to help promote creativity industry in HK

Lau Ching-Wan

Lau Ching-Wan voices Garfield again in Garfield 3D which opens Oct. 1 in Hong Kong. Lau previously was the voice behind the cat in both previous Cantonese editions of Garfield. (Sina.com)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Brides, Bruce and boobs

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